Costa Rica – New Digital Nomad Visa

Posted on October 12, 2021

A new visa for ‘digital nomads’ will be available to remote workers who can obtain a permit for up to one year, which would be extendable for an additional year. These remote workers would also be exempt from local income… Read more »

Costa Rica – Travel Restrictions Eased

Posted on October 22, 2020

Effective November 1st, Costa Rica will open its borders, however, the following requirements must be met upon entering: Travel insurance, offered by the Costa Rican National Insurance Institute, that must cover the following, as well as medical expenses generated by… Read more »

Costa Rica – Extension of Closure of Migration Office

Posted on July 20, 2020

The closure of the Migration Offices has been extended until September 18, 2020. The DIMEX of foreign nationals with permanent residence will be automatically extended until September 30, 2020.  The DIMEX of foreign nationals with temporary residence and special categories… Read more »

Costa Rica – Processing and Entry Update

Posted on June 10, 2020

Beginning July 18, 2020, the Costa Rica Immigration Authorities will begin to receive new applications. The validity of documents, such as police clearance certificates, marriage certificates, and birth certificates will be valid until September 18, 2020, even if they have… Read more »

Costa Rica – Reform of Article 187 Concerning Hiring of Workers

Posted on October 22, 2019

A reform of Art. 187 of the Migration Control Regulation, Executive Decree number 36769-G, passed on October 16, 2019, prohibits employers to hire a foreign national that has entered the country as a non-resident, even if they have a pending… Read more »

Costa Rica – Increased Guarantee Deposits

Posted on October 7, 2019

The guarantee deposits required for foreign nationals has significantly increased in Costa Rica.  The deposit is a fee paid to the authorities to ensure the cost of deporting or repatriating the foreign national, if necessary. Fees range in increases from… Read more »

Costa Rica – Immigration Bureau Closed

Posted on September 7, 2018

On Tuesday September 4, 2018 the main offices of the General Directorate of Migration (DGME) in San Jose, Costa Rica, were closed after a raid by the Judicial Investigation Directorate (O.I.J.). The joint operation with the Panamanian authorities named “Heaven… Read more »

Costa Rica – Significant Delays for Temporary Residence Permits

Posted on July 24, 2018

Costa Rica is experiencing an influx of refugees from other Latin America countries that have submitted asylum applications to the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería.  The intake of applications is now creating a delay in the processing of Temporary… Read more »

Costa Rica – Fines Subjected to Overstay

Posted on March 26, 2018

  Effective April 20, 2018, foreign nationals in Costa Rica, as tourists or temporary residents, will be fined 100 USD per month for their unauthorized stay after their visa has expired at the time they exit the country.  The fine… Read more »

Costa Rica – New Social Security Registration Requirements for Dependents

Posted on December 15, 2017

  Effective immediately, dependent family members of applicants for permanent or temporary residence are required to register separately with the Social Security Administration of Costa Rica (CCSS) after completing the residence application process. Previously, dependent family members could be included… Read more »